The non-sanctioned Professional Disc Golf Association event is open for everyone, from avid players to novices. While most participants in the Georgia Games are between the ages of 10 and 25, any amateur athlete can compete. For many young athletes, the Georgia Games may be one of their first competitions.
Taylor Wood, public relations director for the Georgia Games, said there were 20 participants registered as of Thursday, but she expects others to sign up on the morning of the event.
“We will have quite a few day-of-event registrants,” Wood said. “The numbers are looking pretty good. They have increased slightly from last year, and that’s a good thing. We cater to amateur athletes. We do offer some sports for semi-pro —our volleyball tournament has a masters and pro division — but most of our events are catered to the amateur athletes.”
Many of those pre-registered for the disc golf competition are from Canton, Woodstock and Acworth. Others come from Alpharetta, Sugar Hill, Duluth and Cartersville.
“We have quite a few local people,” Wood said. “Last year, the event was held at (Olde) Rope Mill Park (in Woodstock). This year, they decided to go with Sequoyah Park because the course was a little more advanced.”
The competition is broken down not by age group, but rather by skill level.
“Everyone competes against each other,” Wood said. “Really, someone who just started out could come out and play if they desired to. We are hoping it raises awareness for the sport and the Georgia Games.”
Disc golf has been a part of the Georgia Games for three or four years, according to Wood.
“We are still trying to get ourselves established,” she said.
The first 50 people to register receive a custom-designed Georgia Games disc. Other prizes will also be given away, and medals will be award to the top three players in each division.
The entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for junior players, and all participants will receive a Georgia Games T-shirt.
To register, visit www.georgiagames.org, or for more information, email disc golf event coordinator Bryce Robinson at email@example.com.